Patchogue’s newest beer joint
Mckensie DiSpirito, one of the owners of Patchogue Beer Project, showcases one of their most popular brews, the EZ Swezey.

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Patchogue’s newest beer joint

Story By: GLENN ROHRBACKER
1/31/2019


 

A new spot has opened in Patchogue as a family-friendly place to relax and grab a cold beer — a beer that was made just a few feet from your glass. Patchogue Beer Project, a brewery and tasting room, recently opened in Patchogue on Railroad Avenue between Buttermilk’s Kitchen and Stereo Garden. 

It’s been a long process for the owners, wife and husband Mckensie and Ryan “Spiro” DiSpirito, who started preparing for the brewery over two years ago. The two have 20 years of  combined restaurant expertise, with Mckensie being a bartender and Spiro a restaurant owner. The couple hails from Port Jefferson, where they both have worked, but are excited to be on the South Shore in a town like Patchogue. 

The brewery, which has up to 13 beers on tap at a time, is set up in a modern, bright industrial style, with concrete floors and steel beams to hold up the massive containers of beer. Up on the wall are the serving tanks that hold the beer when it is ready to be served. The DiSpiritos have installed some classic gaming systems like Pac-Man and have a stack of board games that allow people of all ages to have fun. They run a five-barrel system, and have six 10-barrel fermenters, located in a windowed room that allows visitors to watch the process unfold within the giant aluminum machines. Also, the tap list is always changing.  

The atmosphere is light, with a focus on the product: beer. The current tap list includes two IPAs, a golden ale, a stout, a winter ale and more. But it is not a bar. The menu also includes some ciders and wines for people who may not be into beer. The main focus — the beer — is brewed in-house by Richie Taliani, a former home-brewer who brought his talents to Patchogue, and who Mckensie and Spiro refer to as a “mad scientist” when it comes to his concoctions. Most of the beer on tap is poured right from the serving tanks, massive structures that overlook the tasting room, a testament to the freshness of the product, the owners added. 

Since the opening just two weeks ago, some types have already been sold out. The most popular have been the Hazelnut Coffee Stout, and the EZ Swezey (a nod to the former department store), a New England IPA. The couple has been working with their brewer to find the right kinds to serve, and will decide to continue the ones that people like most. They have spent a lot of time tasting and deciding what they like and want to serve, in hopes of giving people the best-tasting beer.

“We’re big beer geeks,” Spiro said.

Patchogue Beer Project won’t just be another craft brewery, but will hope to collaborate with other local brewers to feature unique and popular products. The venue will also begin live music nights, starting Thursday of this week. They also have a collaboration menu with Local Burger Co., their neighbors a couple of doors down, that features burgers, hot dogs and sides.

“Come down and unwind with a cold one,” Spiro said.